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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 488
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 34.77%
Wants: 22
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ShanePB on 02-02-2012

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Reviews: 108 | Hads: 488
Photo of stadmo1
2.51/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Look and smell are excellent. Taste is disappointing. Lacks depth and is over carbonated. Two parts soda water and one part Hershey's syrup about sums it up.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich dark chocolate color and has a minimal tan head that fades to a thin edge layer quickly after the pour.
Aroma is rich and sweet milk chocolate with a bit of brown sugar and just hints of roasted malt. Nose is overwhelmingly sweet, almost too sweet like chocolate milk.
First sip reveals very fine tingly carbonation and a very smooth texture.
Flavor is some roasted malt and a bit of chocolate with some toffee and brown sugar finishing things off. The finish lingers with a chocolate milk sweetness. No hops or booze to be found on this beer. A very rich and malty brew that borders on cloyingly sweet.
I enjoy it but if you dont like chocolate forget this beer.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: just like diet coke
S: very faint chocolate
T: dark chocolate lots of carbonation with a ssd light alcohol burn
F: bubbly
O: lots of carbonation almost like carbonated chocolate drink with slight vodka burn off

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Photo of dryfly24
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you want a true chocolate stout this is the one. Tons of true chocolate and caramel flavors coming though. Wonderful carbonated yet creamy mouthfeel. Nice thin head and lacing retained throughout. Really nice in a tulip glass on a winter day. Will pick up again when I can find it.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head. Smells like a brownie or chocolate cake, tastes like it too. Medium to full bodied, good carbonation. I like.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black, mid-tan head, short and fading quickly, with some lacing.

S - One of the strongest chocolate fragrance coming off this that I've ever found in a beer. Reminds me distinctly of Hersey dark chocolate syrup, with a hint of straight cocoa, as well. Fudge and brownie mix also present.

T - Follows the nose, but not as intense. The fact that this is still a beer is clearer in the taste, though it remains extraordinarily chocolate forward. Lacks hop elements, and also most roast characteristics of a standard stout.

M - Lacking the gravity I associate with stouts. No drying. A bit sticky.

O - It absolutely delivers on the name. Heavy chocolate eclipses most other characteristics. As an exercise of how to amplify chocolate smells and tastes, the exercise is interesting, but ends up feeling a bit one-noted. That is a significant detraction for a beer, even with the spot-on chocolate hit it delivers.

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Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I'm not expecting a whole lot from this beer, but could be interesting. I love how they have the month and year stamp on the bottom, it's just too bad they didn't actually stamp the date! What a waste.

An aggressive pour yields a small creamy 1/2 finger dark head that fades semi quickly, a little lacing, but most of the lacing is due to long legs on the sides surprisingly, I hope it's not too sweet. Absolutely pitch black, no light coming through this sucker.

Nose pretty much delivers what it promises, dark chocolate, and lots of it. Tons of dark chocolate and fudgey cocoa, an almost chewy oat chocolate mix, with some caramel and black malt notes, but that's about it, just chocolate.

Taste brings lots more chocolate, but seems like a watery chocolate taste, like making a thick hot cocoa but using water, and using too much water, a thin base of the beer. Dark chocolate in there, cocoa and a little fudge note, mild caramel note, as well as some toasty roasty notes, a bit of burnt roast as well. Mild bitter grassy hop comes through late, and that turns to bitter slight spicy hops on the finish, as it dries on the finish, a little powedered cocoa like I just emptied one of those Swiss Miss hot chocolate packs in my mouth and then drank water.

Mouth is lighter bod, lighter carbonation too, not as creamy as I expected it to be.

Overall, not too great. It has chocolate yes, but that's about all it has, and the mouth/body and base malt beer are just sooo thin and watery. It def could have benefited from some oats or creamy feel in general, or even just more body from the malts.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one's a beaut. Had it in a snifter at a bar and at home from bottle to stout glass.

Both ways, the aroma is incomparable. Dark, bitter chocolate with a little coffee grounds on the nose. Every time I have one of these in front of me, I let it sit for several minutes just enjoy the aroma wafting from the glass. Do the people around me look at me sideways for breathing from the glass? Yup. But not after they get a sniff of this wonderful little brew.

The taste follows through, a nice stout feel more bitter coffee than in the smell. The best part is there isn't any taste of artificial chocolate that infects so many chocolate stouts.

One of my favorite stouts, period.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown in color, with a small tan head, which fades fairly quickly. Thin, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Vanilla and bitter cocoa are prominent in the aroma, along with cold coffee, spicy alcohol and wood.

Taste: Opens with a note of cold coffee, soon followed by bitter cacao, vanilla, wood. Later in the taste, caramel and nutty flavors appear. Towards the finish, the taste is rather sweet, somewhat like vanilla sugar wafers. The vanilla sugar wafer taste lingers on, along with a late wave of cold coffee.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Quite nice, the taste does not quite live up to the lavish opening, but still, a nice dessert beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

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Photo of scotorum
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another pick from a recent trip to western Pennsylvania. Atwater is not distributed to my state.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a; Black with clear copper highlights when seen through light. Finger thick tan head receded quickly to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild chocolate

t: Light chocolate with some bite from hops and carbonation. sweet to dry finish.

m: Light, occasional watery hints but mostly adequate body. Lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A very drinkable and quite tasty brew, although perhaps too lightweight to justify being called "Decadent." An enjoyable holiday time and/or colder weather beverage.

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Photo of BBMuffins
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a similar color to root beer. A mostly opaque deep brown that hesitantly lets the tiniest bit of light in at the edges of the glass.

Smells very chocolaty, a little bit of a nutty essence, but mostly chocolate.

Tastes like what I expect club soda with chocolate syrup mixed in to taste like... as in... it's not good. I've definitely had worse, and this doesn't gross me out with it's flavor, but it's very plain and boring. It doesn't taste enough like chocolate, and the complexity is that I can literally taste the carbonated bubbles as much as the beer. This is lame.

A little thick, with a bit of tangy carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall, it's a very "OK" beer. It isn't quite remarkable in any way, and I think Young's Chocolate Stout beats this in most categories, even if it's a different style. If you're looking for a chocolate stout, definitely go with Young's over this one. If you're looking for something new to try, I recommend trying something else.

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Photo of TheRaven
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

If you want to drink a Hershey's bar, this is your beer. Very good for a novelty drink. Super chocolatey, although one of my friends tasted coffee (not an afficionado - probably the roasted malts). You aren't going to want to drink it all night. Order one for shits and giggles and then let it go... you've tried it. And you can tell all of your friends. Sort of like that banana bread beer.

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Photo of dorlandenator
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Most accurate label I've seen. Just smelling gives you a good idea how strong the chocolate flavor is, and actually drinking is a bit overwhelming the first time around.

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Photo of far333
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown and opaque with ruby highlights and a beige head of frothy foam that settles quickly. Rich aroma of cocoa and dark malt. Flavors of sweet cocoa upfront, morphs to coffee and marshmallow, notes of cola. Dry and tannic, slightly puckery and talcy. Average beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this from the 12oz bottle chilled in a stout glass, review from notes.

The color is black opaque with light beige head with small bead with ok retention and spots of lace stick. The smell has a lot of chocolate in the aroma like sweet baker's chocolate aroma roasty cocoa smell with light malt and yeast esters. The feel has medium body with semi-sweet body with medium carbonation and slightly dry finish with low alcohol and bitterness.

The flavor has a good cocoa flavor with mildly sweet taste and light toasted malt flavor with very light sweetness and yeast in taste. The cocoa carries a light woody accent w/ mostly dry flavor in the finish. Overall a pretty decent chocolate flavor, not as stout as it could be but it is certainly above average w/ enough cocoa to redeem the lack of malt somewhat.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Black pour with a small tan head. Big chocolatey aroma. Taste follows the nice with chocolate upfront that has a combination of dark chocolate, milk chocolate and light bittersweet flavors. Also has additional flavors of light espresso and roasted malt and cocoa. Medium bodied but drinks very easy. Finishes lightly sweet and chocolatey.

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Photo of Suds
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is extremely dark, with reddish highlights when held to the light. The head is tan and fairly this. A brilliant chocolate and malt aroma dominates the beer. Reminiscent of a chocolate malted mild in the smell, it is an engaging and enticing aroma. The taste is balanced, and not as sweet as I expected. Flavorful. It has a mildly toasted and breads character, as well as the chocolate. Somewhat chalky. Full in body and good.

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Photo of haycord
4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is over the top! The only way i could express the pleasure is to compare it to a night on the beach with a beautiful woman (m wife), a fine cigar,, a fine beer, and soft music off in the distance. How could I better express my satisfaction?

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Photo of The_Stav
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love the dark color, but I feel fooled by the name. While I smelled the chocolate, I noticed vanilla! Did you? Very thin head that seem to dissipate quickly.

The aroma of dark chocolate is stronger than the flavor, which I find typical of chocolate brews. (I would like more chocolate.)

This had a pleasant cola-like feel, but this seemed more like a Schwarzbeir lager. It didn't seem to have the full ale flavor. It had a bright finish. Maybe I'll try another though.

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Photo of RobertClevenger
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S - 12oz bottle poured into tulip

A - Almost black, little to no light passing through, medium brown head, very little lacing

S - Slight dark chocolate, char

T - Chocolate, some bitterness that is reminiscent of dark bitter chocolate

M - Medium body, not too light, bordering on medium/heavy

O - Good beer, very little chocolate, more toasty malt, well balanced

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

And decadent it is, especially with its early introductions- Atwater's chocolaty stout seduces the senses with an overwhelming chocolate aroma and a sweeter tone to support. But there's so much more to the ale- more that gives it identity and challenge along the way.

Strong bittersweet chocolate tones strike the olfactory senses and the initial palate with a mouth coating sweetness that's undeniably of bittersweet chocolate, hot cocoa and latte. Once the dark ale settles, it does so with brownie and fudge tones.

Wavering across the middle, its strong chocolate character lifts slightly and reveals the taste of caramel, cream soda, pipe tobacco and vanilla that supports the cocoa-rich overlay. Roasted walnut, strong columbian coffee and french toast follow to chase the taste down the hatch.

It's cola-like finish is a far cry from the promising upstart of lavishness, silkiness or velvety texture that the nose and early taste promises. Light, perhapse thin and on the verge of watering, the beer's structure falls flat and gives its taste a cola-like finish. And that's unfortunate because its upstart is so, so promising.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mix a sixer. Poured from bottle to pint glass. 2/27

Pours very dark deep brown with scarce foam on top. Deep dark chocolate nose, malty and sweet. Taste is on the lighter side. Chocolate. Falls a little flat though and off the mark. Not enough bitter. Just ok.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle picked up at a shop in Port Huron; no 'bottled on' date marked on the label. Served well-chilled.

Pours a deep mahogany colour, not quite opaque as I can make out some reddish tinges under the light. Atop the liquid is seated one finger of frothy, light beige-coloured head that soon wilts into a soapy cap and collar. Modest lacing. The aroma is quite enticing, with lots of chocolate syrup in addition to notes of roasted malts, brown sugar and Bailey's liqueur. No complaints so far.

A little more balanced than the nose suggested; this is a fairly chocolatey beer, but not overbearingly so. A touch of roasted malt blends nicely with the milk chocolate and Hershey's syrup vibes. It dries out a little toward the finish, with some nutty notes and mild coffee and roasted cocoa bean. Milk chocolate in the aftertaste, lingering only briefly. A little thin-bodied, with moderate carbonation that provides a little more pep than I'd prefer from this sort of ale. Easy to drink rapidly, but not something I'd want to stick with all night. Improves greatly as it warms.

Final Grade: 3.84, a B+. Atwater Brewery's Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale delivers as advertised - anyone looking for an affordable, sessionable chocolate stout should consider giving this one a try. My only real complaint with this one is the weak mouthfeel, but other than that it's getting the job done. Tasty stuff; I'll have to keep an eye out for more Atwater products in the future.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adam for gifting me this and other Michigan beers. the beer is near black (the lighting was low) with a small tan head. This beer is all about the chocolate. The scent and the flavor are rich, dark, chocolates. A hint of espresso bean, cocoa. medium bodied with a light sweetness. perhaps I was in a chocolate mood. This was delicious.

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Photo of SlickHick740
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As advertised.

Starts like a medium roast/nut-ale. Finishes with a hint of chocolate.

All in all I really liked the beer. It wasn't like washing down a bottle of chocolate milk but you do get a distinct flavor and smell of chocolate.

Good winter beer (or unless you live in Ohio, an early March beer when winter still has us firmly in its grass).

Was slightly disappointed with the ABV. At only about 5% it is fairly weak.

Was a big fan of the "bottled on" date at the bottom of the sticker. Got a fairly old batch (bottled Jan, 2014) but it was still good beer.

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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.